Mike Bloomberg made major investments to improve traffic safety, bringing traffic fatalities in New York City to a historic low; to expand transportation options, including building the first new City-funded subway track in decades; and to strengthen existing infrastructure, including $5 billion to ensure the City’s 787 bridges are in the best condition in generations.
Traffic fatalities at a historic low.
Invested in alternative transportation options: No. 7 train extension, Select Bus Service, 5 Borough Taxi and East River Ferry.
After more than $6 billion invested, the city's 788 bridges were in the best condition in generations in 2013.
The Bloomberg administration invested more than $6 billion in the City's bridges. In 2013, there were just two bridges rated as poor (compared to 8 in 2002) and both have rehabilitation projects underway or planned. In 2013, the City’s 788 bridges were in the best condition in generations.
Record amounts of road resurfacing was done with recycled asphalt, a result of the City's purchase of a second asphalt factory.
More than 470 lane miles of bike lanes were added during the Bloomberg administration.
3,325 new bus shelters, 297 new newsstands and 3 public toilets were added to the streets.
More than 50 pedestrian plaza projects were completed or begun under the Bloomberg administration.
As of 2013, 94% metered parking can be paid for with credit cards.
No. 7 Train Extension
The extension of the 7 train to the Far West Side, which is on pace to be operational in 2014, is the first new City-funded subway expansion to be built in more than 50 years.
Ferry System Modernization
The Bloomberg administration rehabilitated both Staten Island Ferry terminals and purchased 3 new ferryboats.
Midtown in Motion
1,000 microwave sensors and 32 traffic video cameras were added to the 100-square block area of Midtown to respond to congestion in real time and allow engineers to make adjustments to relieve it.
New Transportation Options
Select Bus Service
The Bloomberg administration created the City’s first bus rapid transit system. Routes included: Fordham Road-Pelham Parkway, 34th Street, First Avenue – Second Avenue, Hylan Boulevard, Nostrand Avenue – Rogers Avenue, and Webster Avenue.
The number of bike commuters quadrupled under Mayor Bloomberg, and without any increase in the annual number of serious traffic crashes involving bikes.
Five Borough Taxi
The Bloomberg administration implemented a plan bringing hailed taxis to the boroughs outside Manhattan, something that had been discussed since the 1970s, but never accomplished.
Citi Bike launched in 2013, and it immediately became the nation’s largest bike share program.
East River Ferry
New ferry service connected Brooklyn and Queens with Manhattan. The service carried more than 800,000 riders in its first year, far exceeding expectations.
A record low was reached in 2011. Between 2002 and 2012, traffic fatalities declined 28%, from 386 in 2002 to 277 in 2012.
Approximately 22,000 pedestrian countdown signals were installed at more than 4,000 intersections citywide, giving pedestrians specific information on how much time there is before the light turns red.
Neighborhood Slow Zones
The City’s first-ever community requested neighborhood slow zones were created in Claremont, Bronx and Corona, Queens. The speed limit on residential streets was reduced from 30 to 20 mph and speed bumps, signs and markings to improve safety were installed. A total of 14 slow zones were added in all five boroughs.
Unprecedented Safety Education
The City ran compelling and creative safety and outreach campaigns aimed at all street users.
Efforts to increase environmental protection while Mike Bloomberg was mayor included the preservation of nearly 90,000 acres of rural land and the restoration of 146 acres of wetlands.
An expansion of the City’s parks resulted in 76% of New Yorkers living within a 10-minute walk of a park or playground by the end of Mike Bloomberg’s time in office.
By investing in traffic safety, Mike Bloomberg reduced traffic fatalities, expanded transportation, and strengthened infrastructure.